Extreme Rafters: Time to Charge!

Posted May 14, 2010 by Malina

We’re always talking about “high water,” but what does that actually mean?


Now that’s high.  The floodgates open on the Tuolumne River this Sunday, May 16th.  And seriously, it’s going to be running  at 11,000.  Be there, or be bummed you missed it.  We still have room on this Sunday’s trip and will  be out there next weekend when the Hetch Hetchy authorities will  be doing another massive release.  What’s unusual about this is that we actually know what the flows will be–and when.  We usually have to wait for the weather to start the snow melt and that often happens midweek–or it’s so sudden we can’t plan ahead for it.  The deal for the next two weekends is that the water people are actually planning on opening the gates to a) make room where they need it in reservoirs, and b) do a flood study in one of the valleys below Hetch Hetchy.  After these planned releases, we’ll be dependant on Mother Nature–try planning your day off around that fickle mistress why don’t you?  Or, just book this weekend or next weekend and call it good.  Our guides have been out there all week doing high water training and getting ready to show you some seriously impressive rafting. 


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